If you've been wanting to give fishing a shot but haven't bought the required license, this is the weekend to grab the pole and see what you can catch.
That's because this year's Free Fishing Days runs through Monday, June 19, in which the Illinois Department of Natural Resources allows anglers to fish without obtaining a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp.
The timing — Father's Day weekend — is perfect for heading out to the water and spending some quality time with dad or, if you're a father, testing your skills with your children.
As an added incentive, Monee Reservoir is hosting a "Take Me Fishing Promotion" on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a different giveaway each day. On Friday, visitors will receive a voucher good for a free one-hour boat rental (excludes pedalboats). On Saturday, receive a box of night crawlers and, on Sunday, receive one free fishing pole rental.
If fishing has been something you've always wanted to do but didn't know where to start, don't worry. IDNR has put together a decent cheat sheet for the novice, and we also have a comprehensive list of where you can fish in addition to what fish you can expect to find at the District's premiere fishing locations.